Back To School Shoe-Shopping Tips for Tots

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I got to have a grown up lunch today with fellow mommy bloggers (loved seeing Wendy aka BabiesGottaHaveIt and Kim aka MomInTheCity) to learn about Stride Rite's new Sensory Response Technology (SRT). Stride Rite brought along best-selling author and pediatrician Dr. Tanya Altmann. Dr. Altmann (author of Mommy Calls: Dr. Tanya Answers Parents' Top 101 Questions About Babies and Toddlers) spoke about what to look for when buying shoes for baby.

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Of course she said barefoot is best, but some times you've just got to put shoes on kids. When you do, look for a:
Stable base
Good heel cushioning
Breathable fabric

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The good doctor recommended that little ones get measured every 2-3 months, for preschoolers, it's probably ok to go 5-6 months. I found out a good tip--all the liners of Stride Rite shoes have a insole that allows you to measure against your child's foot and see if it is time for a new pair. That is very helpful. I also found out that European shoes tend to have more room for growth than US brands. Stride Rite builds in a few millimeters for foot growth.

And one last tip--remember to have both the width and length of your child's foot measured!To see some of my picks for summer go here. I'll report back soon on the SRT shoes when I get a pair to test.

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